Title: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Author: Mariana Zapata

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Published: February 28th 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

“What no one tells you is that the road to accomplishing your goals isn’t a straight line; it looks more like a corn maze. You stopped, you went, you backed up, and took a few wrong turns along the way, but the important thing you had to remember was that there was an exit. Somewhere.”


Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?


4 of 5 stars to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata


This is my first Mariana Zapata novel and one I stumbled upon accidentally while lurking around Goodreaders’ profiles. The reading experience was definitely enjoyable even though it had a very slow pace and the fact is, I love it even more for that. I think I’ve had one too many novels where sex is expected at least midway through the story that reading “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me” felt so refreshing. It was like a well-cooked barbecue steak. The process is long and tedious but in the end it’s all worth it.

Aiden Graves is quite loveable in his ignorant knowledge about courtship. He’s like a new-born fawn with unsteady legs, approaching the romantic world with great apprehension and uncertainty but never backing down. It was amazing how he never really said THE three words to Vanessa but readers were assured of his love anyway through his actions. If there was something I would commend the author for, it was her mastery of the romance where words need not be said because actions indeed speak louder. And add to that, the fact that Aiden never had a chapter in his POV but I understood him regardless.

Vanessa Mazur is a cute heroine, honest and relatable. I love how she never started any drama and dealt with her problems and internal conflicts like the mature woman that she is. Her friendship with Zac was also cute and at times I even wondered whether Zac had feelings for her.

The only qualm I have with the book is that some monolgues were too long, too wordy when it could have been shortened for easier reading. Other than that, this one is a solid 4 stars.

***cover art: 4/5 stars. Finally, a sports romance that does not have a half naked guy on the cover.***